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It is sometimes hard to find a present to give to someone who has everything because if they have everything and you give them something they probably already have one! Someone who has everything won't really appreciate something materialistic but might well appreciate something that will make them feel good inside. So my sugestion is to set up a sponsorship in their name. You can sponsor all sorts of things like children in poor countries or animals in a zoo. One suggestion I like is to sponsor an abandoned or abused animal at the National Animal Welfare Trust. You can do this online and it costs only £12 for a year to sponsor a Rabbit, Duck, Chicken, Budgie or Ferret. If you want to spend a bit more you can pay £40 per year to sponsor a Horse, Donkey, Cat, Pig, Pony, Dog, Cow, Sheep or Goat. For your payment you get a photograph of the individual animal that you are helping and you are allowed to visit them whenever you like (or rather the person who you are sponsoring for will get this!!!). The National Animal Welfare Trust have premises and animals in Watford, Somerset, Cornwall and Berkshire but if your gift receiver isn't anywhere near those places you can still sponsor or maybe find somewhere similar nearer to their own home. You can visit their web site on http://www.nawt.org.uk and if you are going to sponsor an animal remember to fill in the tax part of the form so the trust can get more money from the tax man but it won't cost you any more. If someone has everything I'm sure they will be delighted to think that their present is helping with a good cause and they will get more satisfaction than from more socks that they don't even need!!
A few years ago my partners brother came up to Suffolk and timed it with his mothers birthday. He didn'y wander about for long and within half hour he was in the pub. Bought anything then i asked. Yup he said I don't know what perfume she likes, she's always on a diet, she collects pigs but we are not allowed to by them cos it's too easy, she hates cut flowers clothes are no good cos she doesn't go anywhere (her opinion). Doesnt like gold . So what have you bought her then i asked. I have bought her a cut glass thingy that looks posh only cost twenty quid and you put perfume in it and then you nip this thing and it comes out. He showed me the present and it looked superb she loved it. I bought perfume for it and when it's empty it looks like a posh ornament. I have bought many since that day , infact i think the whole family has one (except me) It's called a perfume atomiser Lads!!! and you can fill it up with perfume at birthdays
I am sure that Mrs God has difficulty finding presents for 'One who has everything' so I went and visited her to get some advice. Unfortunatley she was busy telling off a couple of student angels who had been playing frisbee with their halos and had caused a Boeing 747 to turn back. Incidently 58.65% of UFO sightings are actually student angels messing about with their halos. So as you don't feel left out, here are the top 5 facts about halos: 1) Most halos are made out of fire, but angels who lose theirs can find a stainless steel one for just £20 at all good stores 2) Thin female model angels sometimes mistake their halos for belts and unfortunatley get burnt in half 3) An angel headbutt causes much more pain and harm than a normal one for obvious reasons 4) Never have a shower while your halo is still on 5) Frisbeeing is dangerous since Cerberus the terrible dog in hell gets excited. Anyway, Mrs God was unable to be interviewed so I decided to compile my own list of gifts for 'One who has it all' 1) First of all, 'OWHIA' obviously has everything apart from having nothing. Therefore giving the person nothing is completing the everything for them. Confused? Well so am I. 2) I asume 'OYHIA' doesn't have your body, so cut off an earlobe or an arm, wrap it well and present it to them before you pass out. 3) If you want to be creative and not in pain, collect an elephant, dress it in a dressing gown, put it inside an airoplane, and teach it Chinese and present it to the so called 'One who has it all' and ask (with a sneer) 'So you've got a Chinese speaking, dressing gown attired flying elephant then?' 4) Buy a planet that hasn't been created yet for surely the 'One who has it all' hasn't got what isn't there? This may be a little tricky 5) Steal a few of their favorite things so they become 'One who used to
have it all but has just been robbed' and deal with them accordingly. 6) Stop being the friend of 'One who has it all' because they obviously don't give you much. 7) If all fails, emigrate to New Zealand and/or pretend you 'forgot' the occasion for the present. 8) Become an inventor of useles but crucially New things such as: i) Television washer ii) Dishwasher translator iii) Baboon tickler as 'One who has it all' will surely not be so idiotic to have them 9) Murder 'OWHIA' and by voodoo bring them back as a zombie. Then await your prison sentance, rot in jail and be hated by manking. Not the best idea. 10) If all the above fails, try book tokens.
So what do you get that lucky person who already has everything? It seems to get harder and harder each year to find unusual presents for friends and family. I have a feeling they’re soon going to be telling me gleefully on the television how many shopping days left until Christmas – leading to mass panic from me and many silly desperation purchases. My boyfriend usually gets a staple christmas assortment of cds, books and films from me, but this year he has gone and scuppered that by getting a job in a music store where he gets a massive staff discount - it already feels like he’s bought himself half the shop. I just thought I’d share with you a present idea I had for my boyfriend last year – it was our first Christmas together and I wanted to get him a present he’d really like (err I still do of course). A few weeks earlier we’d gone on the London Eye for my birthday treat and I’d taken lots of black and white photographs of London (seems to improve my incredibly amateurish photography no end if they’re in black and white). I was pretty pleased with them, they looked quite stylish and they weren’t ruined by my usual assortment of red eyes, blurry faces, thumb marks and strands of hair in front of the lens. My boyfriend hadn’t seen them and since I’d had a set printed for him as well I thought they’d make a nice present. My next idea was to arrange them all in a photo album for him, so off I trotted to Paperchase and got a classy looking one with thick black pages. You have to mount the photographs with little sticky photo corners (as you can imagine I got in a right mess with that one) and a few of them ended up a bit lopsided but they weren’t too bad. Feeling pretty chuffed with myself I then decided to excel myself on the creativity front. I decided to fill up the album with other photographs taken especially for the occasion. I had a fun afternoon
going round London taking photos of all meaningful places, the first restaurant we went to, the station where he used to arrive when he came to visit. Just silly things like that, which wouldn’t mean anything to anyone else but which meant a lot to us. I then arranged these in the album and between every other page I wrote out snatches of favourite song lyrics, quotes from films, lines from books – again ones that were relevant to us and which (sort of) related to the photographs. I’d got him quite a few other things for Christmas but this was the present I was most excited about. Couldn’t wait for him to open it and I think he really liked it (he might tell you otherwise of course). We live away from each other so I like the idea of him having something like that to remind him of me. Quite a few years ago I made a similar thing for my best friend’s eighteenth birthday. It was coming up to that time when we were all going our separate ways - off to university etc - and this was the last summer we’d all be together. So a few of us got together and made her a big scrapbook. We got together one night without her (bet she would have been cross if she’d found out we were having fun without her) and drove round and took loads of photographs of all our friends. We also took photos of our favourite places where we used to hang out, the local beach, pubs and clubs. We even sneaked out loads of tacky stuff, such as bar mats and menus, from our favourite club to stick in the book. We then wrote “witty” comments under all the pictures. It was really fun to make and I’d know I’d like it if someone gave me a present like that. So there you have it, my stunning gift idea for the person with everything. Make them an album and fill it with things that are special to you. It’s really fun to do and it shows you’ve thought about it. It doesn’t cost the world but it provides
endless happy memories (dear me, I’m beginning to sound very cheesy now!). I just wish I’d saved my boyfriend’s present until this year as I have absolutely no idea what to get him. Oh well, back to cds, books and films….
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Christmas just seems to be getting harder and harder each year. It just seems that these days people just go out and buy what they want when they need it rather than waiting for Christmas. One thing you can get these awkard people though is a day out. If you dont live too far from London then I think a great evening out is going to a West End show. There are so many shows in London and I'm sure that there will be one to appeal to everyone. You can buy theatre tokens which are valid not only for all the London shows but also theatres all over England and for a few in Scotland and Wales. The tokens come in £10 denominations so you really can spend what you like. They are very easy to get hold of as you can buy them in branches of WH Smith, John Menzies, Waterstones, Books etc, borders, Hammicks and James Thin Booksellers. Alternatively you can ring Tokenline on 020 7240 8800 (or OfficialLondonTheatre.co.uk) or Ticketmaster 020 7344 4444. These vouchers dont have an expiry date so they can be used whenever rather than something being booked in a hurry. So why dont you give someone a treat.....well it is Christmas after all!
Everyone has at least one relative who is always difficult to buy pressies for as they've got everything you could possibly think of, and in my case it's my Dad. He's always been a pain to buy for as he will never tell me what he wants, and if I try and use my imagination he never uses what I buy him, arghhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!! I've tried all sorts of different gifts, but just can't seem to get it righr. Part of the problem is that working for the NHS and with a student for a partner, I've not got a lot of money (altogether now, awwwwwww!), so I've only got a few quid to spend on each person at Christmas, and as the tite says, my Dad has got everything he wants. He;s lucky enough to earn enough money to buy anything he needs, epecially if it's within my budget range. I'll run through a few ideas, most of them not very inspiring but unlikely to be placed in the bottom of a drawer. 1. CD's Well, the obvious. I know he has a CD player, I know he uses it and more importantly a CD is within my budget. Hooray! But, I don't know what sort of music he listens to, and if I buy something I know he likes, he's invariably bought it first, Boo! I sometimes try and consult my Mum about this problem, to see what albums he is after, but she never knows, Double Boo! Having said that a CD is usually a good staple, even if you get it drastically wrong you can always take it back to the record store. I've found that even without a receipt they are quite happy to exchange it for another album or some gift vouchers (I've even been very cheeky and taken items back to stores I haven't used, shhhh son't tell anyone). This brings me swiftly on to the next section....... 2. Gift Vouchers I know what you're thinking, boring, boring boring. And I suppose you're probably right. It's only one step away from giving someone cash, and not very imaginative. Bu
t the advantages speak for themselves, you really can't go far wrong. As long as you give vouchers for a popular store that sells a wide range of items such as WHmith or Boots, they will always be able to find something they like. Book tokens are always a good idea as well, as long as the person you're buing them for reads (A friend told me he got some for his gran a few years ago, unfortunately her sight was gping and she couldn't read books anymore, but she did manage to get a good talking book, so all was not lost!). One main problem with buying vouchers is that they will know how much you've spent on them. As I'm a cheapskate I always try and buy pressies that look more expensive than they were, and that's a bit difficult with goft vouchers! 3. Alcohol That old staple, especially for the older family member, and with my Dad I think I'm on pretty safe ground here. Most people you're stuggling to buy pressies for will like a drink, and as long as you can find out what they drink, you should be okay (buying Archers for your beer swilling Dad might not go down to great!). I struggle here as my Dad drinks expensive brands, personally I drink Napolean brandy at 8.99 a bottle (mix it with lots of coke, it's not too bad, honest!) but he drinks Corvoisier, which is far too expensive! Again, we have problems with these pressies, I don't want to encourage people to drink more, working for the ambulance service I see the damage it can do, and again it's not the most inspiring pressie out there, but at least I know it will be used! (not like the home brewing kit I bought him two years ago, it's still sitting un-used in the garage, maybe he will let me have it.......) 4. Clothes As you can see, I'm not a very imaginative person! Again this is another old staple, and as long as you're careful can be gratefully received. You have to be carefuil to get the right size and
style for you're buying target, take advice from friends and relatives of who you are buying for. Again, I know it might seem a bring pressie idea, but people always need clothes so at least you know it won't be pushed to the back of a cupboard. 5. Gadgets Great for novelty presents and you can get quite a few gadgets very cheap these days. They are also quote easy to get hold of, from places such as the Gadget shop n the high street, to the many on-line shops you can find whilst browsing around (try www.2020shops.com). The main problem with gadgets though is that they aren't used a lot. Once the novelty wears off they get put to the back of the drawer, never to be seen again, so what once seemed like a good idea becomes a waste of money. I'll have to leave it there, although looking at my list that does seem to be the most boring collection of present ideas I've ever seen, even if you are buying for an awkward person. Looks like it will have to be an M&S shirt (again!) for my Dad this year, another one for the collection.
In the eyes of a lot of people giving someone money for Christmas or a Birthday is a big no-no, especially the closer you are to a person. It appears to show a lack of invention, imagination, or even care. Yet I personally would always prefer cash or vouchers to an unwanted present. The difficulty in getting someone who appears to have everything a present is that you end up trying too hard. It takes up too much time and effort, and it can leave you feeling exhausted, stressed-out and discouraged by your "inability" to find the perfect present. However it is likely that the person you are looking to get something for does have something they would love to have, but you may not know about it and they may not even want you to know about it. They may not want you to know, due to it being difficult to get, very expensive, or maybe even something which they cannot actually buy yet. If you do not know what to get someone speak to the people closest to them. They may be friends rather than family, but they have the advantage of knowing what the person wants while not being shy to say that might be saving towards something, e.g. a widescreen television. If you should find out about something that they are saving for start putting feelers down to see if cash would be an acceptable present in their eyes. If it is, then great, your problem is solved. If not get back to the people closest to that person and see if you can collaborate on vouchers to help them get nearer their goal. If you can see if you can slyly find out which stores the person you are buying for likes and does not like - buying a PC World voucher may be a bit of a waste if the person never intends to set foot in there ever again! To give you an example of the usefulness of vouchers a lot of people really struggled to know what to get my fiancée and I for an engagement present. They thought we would need things for our house, but when they did not know what
to get specifically they got us some Next vouchers. Extremely handy, and far more useful than the two cheeseboards we received! Add in the factor that the money/voucher is available for all the Christmas/New Year sales and that will also be beneficial for the recipient, who like most is probably struggling to come to terms with the financial burden of buying presents for everyone else at Christmas. The money/voucher will ease the burden on their wallet while allowing them to have a more than passing glance at the bargains on offer. So I would say forget the embarrassment factor. Money or a voucher will in all likelihood be very well appreciated, certainly far more than a useless present. It is not a case of a lack of imagination, it is more to do with caring that someone ends up with something they really want.
I'm afraid I have a few relatives that seem to have everything, every year I know what I give them will end up tucked away in a cupboard or the attic! Mum being the worst. This year we have clubbed together to buy her a ballon flight. Its the one thing she ever said she would love to do, but would never pay for it herself. We got a reasonable price through virgin, but for other strange treats like this try boots, they have balloon flights, salsa dancing, makeovers, along with others. It may just be a day away but the memory is always there.
Last month, with bills piling high, and with Christmas in the not so distant future, I decided to start budgeting, and try and cut down on my (many) outgoings! Sitting with pen, paper and a pile of receipts and statements, I tried to work out exactly what my money had been disappearing on so speedily!! What shocked me the most, was how much money I spend on magazines. I have always been a zine-a-holic, (I still have stacks of magazines from the 80s with fashion pages that wouldn't look out of place today)but as the years have passed, the price of my 'essential' reading has rapidly increased. Gone are the days when 23p would buy me pages of fashion, photo stories and posters of Spandau Ballet. My itemised monthly list read like this: Now, OK, Heat (I have to satisfy my daily craving for celebrity gossip) Sight and Sound, Empire, Premiere (A film buff to the core) Elle, She, Red, Vogue, Minx....(I could go on, but you get the picture!!) So....if you are stuck for ideas for Xmas presents, a subscription to a magazine would make an IDEAL gift for anyone. If your husband is a car fanatic, your kids can't get enough of the Teletubbies, your best friend is a DJ or your little sister is a pop fan extraordinaire- believe me, there is something out there to please them. And if you are trying to cut down on your own spending...now you know what to ask for. I know I will be!
Looking for something different for an affluent individual? Or just someone who seems to have all they need? I believe one commodity lacking in the lives of most people with loads of dosh is time. Time to go food shopping can be forestalled by the gift of a hamper. Taking the time to personalise/customise a pair of jeans for instance can provide a welcome and unique gift for the fashion-conscious. Offering to babysit so that a couple can have some space together can also be helpful, whilst this option has the added bonus of not costing you anything but your own time. Sometimes a gift like a voucher for a makeover or pedicure can twist the arm of a recipient to take a little time out and relax for a short while - I have given this as a gift before and it was well received. Whatever you choose, it really is the thought that counts, and if anyone feels otherwise, I suggest you don't bother to get them anything!
There's always something for everyone, it's just finding it that's the problem. The person you are buying for most likely does not have everything but you just can't think of something good to give them, right? Most people accept that gadgets are good things to give to these awkward friends and family, the only problem is...what gadgets can you give them? www.iwantoneofthose.com is a brilliant site that sells all kinds of gadgets, there truly is something for everyone here! They cater for all price ranges, and if you have money to burn, they even sell a fighter jet for £150,000! No joke! All I can say is, check this site out, there is a lot of weird and wonderful stuff here, and you are bound to find something! Merry Christmas to you all. xxx
These are just some of my ideas for the Gifts that the One who has Everything, probably has not got. 1 A dress, or a shirt made from the same 'ethereal' material as the one currently being worn by the lovely Connie - in the AOL advert - Imagine your loved one dressed up in that on Christmas Day ?? 2 A brand new MG X10. --I know for a fact that they have not got one of these, because, they don't go on sale till next summer :-) 3 A dooyoo voucher, for a 'Date' with ( -- fill in your dream choice here )--- 4 The 'Metro' delivered to their door every morning. 5 A "Real" 'Pointy Hat' They are on sale at Kingfisher's Stores - Honest. 6 And Finally, A one-off - never to be repeated rating of ( "EXTREMELY" - USEFUL ) from the good trusted friend Jill-----M..... just think - no-one else could EVER claim to have this accolade !! :-) Even the one who has everything would surely love to get these things too, Merry Christmas, auldmac
For the person who has everything, or just a very special personal present, why not make your own gift vouchers. Its cheap, cheerful and all you need is an imagination! For example, for friends and family you could give them a gift voucher for a drinking session down the pub, or simply a nights babysitting. For little kids you could give them a day out at an adventure playground, or a big cuddle! This doesn't work on older kids unless it includes a playstation!!! For your partner, why not try a voucher for one days worth of housework, or cleaning the car. Or with a more adult theme, a sexy candlelit bath, a massage, or something else (I'll leave that to your imagination!) I know that it is a bit of a cliche but it really is the thought that counts, and this is a very personal gift which shows that thought has been put into them. I know that I would prefer this to a hurriedly bought shop gift voucher which I never use or end up buying something for someone else with them. This is perfect for if you are on a budget, all it costs is the price of the card and decorations, you can make them as plain or fancy as you like.
My dad once told me that as a person gets older and they have less time to look forward, the thing that gives most pleasure is the past. I have scanned catalogues and shops for gifts for my parents who really do have everything they could want. However, I noticed in Studio catalogue they are selling newspapers - the Mirror or Times - for the date of birth of your choice. Quite steep at £24.95 but a nice gift for some of the older generation. There is also a gift presentation box of coins of the century containing a farthing (a what? I hear some of you cry), a halfpenny, a penny, a threepenny bit, a sixpence and a shilling - I was disappointed not to see a half crown. That costs £14.99. There are also videos and CD of times gone by that can be purchased. If I am really pushed for an idea for someone who has everything I tend to write them a personal poem, usually a witty one, about themselves...usually goes down well.